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Disruptor-in-Chief or New Normal? The Trump Presidency and the Erosion of the Transatlantic Alliance

Lecture Series of the North American Studies Program in cooperation with the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb) and AmerikaHaus e.V. Nordrhein-Westfalen 

The White House Embattled? The U.S. Election 2020:

Disruptor-in-Chief or New Normal? The Trump Presidency and the Erosion of the Transatlantic Alliance 

 Dr. Gerlinde Groitl 
(Universität Regensburg) 

Close transatlantic ties have been a hallmark feature of the international system for the past 75 years. Bound together by NATO as well as a shared commitment to democracy, institutional governance, free trade, individual freedom, and universal human rights, the US and its Western European allies prevailed during the Cold War. While many expected relations to fray after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the US and its European partners jointly attempted to enlarge the ambit of the Western liberal international order instead. Today, however, transatlantic relations are mired in crisis. Disputes over proper burden sharing, policy priorities and strategies have become toxic in recent years. In her talk, Dr. Groitl inquires whether the current strains are the ‘new normal’ or a temporary aberration caused by the disruptive nature of the Donald J. Trump presidency. She will analyze the evolution of the European-American partnership and assess its prospects beyond the 2020 US presidential elections.  Gerlinde Groitl is an Assistant Professor of International Politics and Transatlantic Relations at the University of Regensburg. Her research interests include the changing dynamics of the European-American (security) partnership, the great-power competition between Russia, China and the West, as well as international order and strategy.

The lecture will only be streamed via Zoom.

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